nearvideo Pompeo addresses of the trump administration’s efforts to push back on Iran
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday that the United States would take a step, the financial and political pressure on Iran’s theocratic regime, as it wants to “expand the reach of” the Middle East.
“They’ve seen us, now Iran name [- backed] militias within Iraq [as terror groups],” Pompeo told Fox News “in the night” host Shannon Bream. “You have seen us appoint the executives in the [Islamic revolutionary guards]. You have seen us refer to, financial institutions, financial agents engaged in the movement of illicit money in support of the Houthis [in Yemen], in support of Hamas, in support of the Hezbollah. This government has made serious efforts over … a wide range of efforts [of] Iran to expand its reach.”
Pompeo on the conflict between Palestine and Israel
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Pompeo spoke with Fox News from Jerusalem, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the latter’s scheduled visit to the White house next week. The visit coincided with trump support for the recognition of Israel’s control of the disputed Golan heights. Last week, the State Department has the phrase “Israel fell occupied” Golan heights-section, instead of calling it “Israeli controlled.”
Pompeo’s visit is likely to further infuriate Palestinians, who already severed ties with the United States on Trump, the decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem in the past year. But the Secretary of state expressed optimism that the Trump administration could broker agreements with a permanent peace.
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“This government has created conditions that could, ultimately, us to a place where we can achieve the peace that everyone wants in the world,” he said. “A better life for the Palestinian people a better life and less conflict risk between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”
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Pompeo also discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, where the opposition leader Juan Guaido-chief of staff, was arrested and detained by controversial President Nicolas Marrero intelligence forces.
“We think we understand, how it went, we think, we can understand that those who were involved,” said Pompeo. “We will make sure the world know who these people were. … We will do everything we can, and hold the people accountable, which is not the one that this kind of activity, and those who ordered it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.